• Registration for the Hay River Resource Co-Management Workshop (January 25-26, 2017) is now open! 

    Please note that once the maximum number of participants has been reached, names will be added to a waiting list. Registration closes Friday, January 13, 2017.

    • The workshop will take place at the Chief Lamalice Complex on the Kátł’odeeche First Nation Reserve
    • Hotel rooms have been set aside at the Ptarmigan Inn in Hay River and must be booked by December 21, 2016 to guarantee space (reference “Resource Co-Management Workshop”). 
    • Limited funding for travel will be available for eligible organizations through ENR’s Interim Resource Management Assistance Program.
    • See the ENR website for more details and updates.


  • Registration for the Norman Wells Resource Co-Management Workshop (February 7-8, 2017) is now open!

    WHEN: Tuesday, February 7th – Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 (8am – 4:30)

    WHERE: Norman Wells


    Registration closes January 20th 2017.

    The workshop will cover the integrated system of land, water, and wildlife management and environmental assessment as established through the Sahtu Dene and Métis Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement. The goal of the workshop is to have an open dialogue to share knowledge, ideas and experiences on the existing processes.

    Once the maximum number of registered workshop participants has been reached, names will be added to a waiting list.

    Limited funding for travel will be available.

    See the following website for more information and updates (

    •  Contact Arusa Shafi for more information on registration, funding and accommodations.
    •  Email:
    •  Tel: (867) 767-9180 ext. 24023



  • In September of 2016, 40 participants gathered to share knowledge about the preliminary screening process, discuss challenges associated with the process and identify constructive steps that could be taken to improve, clarify, and standardize preliminary screening processes within and across institutions.

      • Preliminary Screening Practitioner's Workshop Report: summarizes the observations of participants of the Preliminary Screening Practitioner's Workshop. This workshop was hosted by the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board in collaboration with the Land and Water Boards of the Mackenzie Valley.



  • The Forum was established to enable representatives from the regulatory and environmental assessment boards based in Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon to share best practices, explore common challenges, and discuss potential solutions.

     Letter to Honorable Carolyn Bennett
    January 14-15, 2016 - Workshop Summary Report 



  • The Land and Water Boards of Mackenzie Valley have developed the attached Draft Guideline for Geographic Information System (GIS) Submission Standard for public comment. The draft Guideline describes the Boards’ expectations for GIS associated submissions including project location description, maps, GIS data, and metadata.  The Boards’ objective is to ensure that map and GIS submissions are complete, accurate, and consistent between projects, which supports an efficient and effective regulatory process.

    The Draft Guideline has been reviewed by the Boards’ GIS Initiative Team and approved by the Boards’ Executive Directors to put forth for public review. The Boards look forward to receiving feedback on the draft Guideline. Your comments are much appreciated. The deadline for public comments is July 1, 2016. Comments can be submitted on the MVLWB’s Online Review System

  • To kick off the new year, the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board (MVLWB), the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs (GNWT-MACA), and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (GNWT-ENR) are releasing four Operation and Maintenance Plan Templates for Municipal Water Licences. These fillable-pdf documents were collaboratively designed to be user-friendly and are intended to reduce the workload of municipalities to satisfy their municipal licence requirements. The templates include:

    Solid Waste Facility (SWF)

    Wastewater (Sewage) Treatment System (WWTS)

    Water Treatment Plant (WTP)

    Spill Contingency Plan

    The templates are now available for submission in the ‘Policies and Guidelines’ page under the ‘Resources’ tab of all Land and Water Board websites.

    *Please note that these templates are not meant to replace any already existing Operation and Maintenance Plans that municipalities have completed. 

  • The Land and Water Boards of the Mackenzie Valley are pleased to announce that our Engagement Guidelines for Applicants and Holders of Water Licences and Land Use Permits have been updated to improve clarity for applicants and other parties with respect to requirements for pre-application engagement. Please view the document here which can also be found under the ‘Resources’ tab along with the Boards’ other policies and guidelines.

  • The Board is pleased to release the backgrounder on how Tailings Dams are regulated and monitored in the Mackenzie Valley.  For more information please contact Patty Ewaschuk, Technical Advisor via email:

  • In December 2011, the Wek’èezhìi Land and Water Board (WLWB) and the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board (MVLWB) hosted “An Introduction to Risk Assessment”, which was a 2-day information session on human health and ecological risk assessment. The purpose of the information session was two-fold: to ensure that all parties participating in Board decisions involving risk assessments in the mining industry have a good understanding of the topic, and to promote an open discussion about risk assessment. During the information session, participants heard about how and when to perform a risk assessment,  community involvement in risk assessment, and some case studies of risk assessment in action. The Summary Report provides a description of the key discussion points raised during the two days of the information session.


    Click Here for the Summary Report

  • In response to the Federal Government’s Action Plan on the Northern Regulatory System, the Land and Water Boards of the Mackenzie Valley have prepared a position paper on this important issue.

  • These guidelines were prepared by WLWB staff and our technical consultants from Ecometrix Inc. and Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Ltd.  

    Final Draft – Response Framework for Aquatic Effects Monitoring